Accession Number : ADA546823


Title :   Produce Sanitation System Evaluation


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 2009-Jul 2009


Corporate Author : ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA


Personal Author(s) : Gildea, John ; Jamieson, Louis ; Magnone, Josh


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a546823.pdf


Report Date : May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 32


Abstract : This report documents an evaluation, performed by the Department of Defense (DoD) Combat Feeding Directorate (CFD), of an automated produce cleansing and sanitizing sink in an effort to facilitate a more effective and efficient means for cleansing and sanitizing fresh fruits and vegetables (FF&V) aboard Navy vessels, The sink saves labor associated with the washing of produce in food service operations by automatically performing this effort, thus allowing food service personnel to perform other tasks while the produce is being washed and sanitized. The system was also expected to improve food safety (i.e., reduce microbes) and reduce premature spoilage while minimizing environmental impact and unpleasant aftertaste through it computer-based cleansing process and use of a citrus-based green cleansing product. Microbiologists from CFD performed several tests of bacteria counts and pathogen log rate reductions of various FF&V products before and after they passed through the sanitizing sink process. The tests results show that the sink removes microbes from FF&V more effectively than the current method of hand washing utilized aboard Navy vessels. The integration of the automated produce sink within the Navy will support the Navy's optimized crewing initiative and ensure food safety for the sailors aboard naval vessels. CFD has been recommended by the unit to Navy stakeholders for further evaluation at sea.


Descriptors :   *CLEANING , *FRESH FOODS , *FRUITS , *NAVAL VESSELS , *SAFETY , *SANITATION , *SHIPBOARD , *VEGETABLES , BACTERIA , CONTAMINATION , COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS , DETECTORS , MANPOWER , MICROORGANISMS , MONITORING , NATURAL RESOURCES , REDUCTION , RELIABILITY , TEST AND EVALUATION , WASHERS(CLEANERS) , WATER , WORKLOAD


Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Marine Engineering


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE